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CHLs at the OMB/LPAT — Thumbs down for Rockfort Quarry

Stone milkhouse, Westerveld Farm, Caledon

Still on the topic of cultural heritage landscapes (bear with me, just a couple more rounds to go!): We have yet to look at how CHL arguments have fared before the Ontario Municipal Board, now the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

Protecting the Farm as a Cultural Heritage Landscape: The Story of Innisfree Farm

For the 85th edition of OHA+M: We return to our recent farms theme and look at another way to protect historic farmsteads. I’m very happy to have a guest contributor to the discussion, landowner Barbara Heidenreich.

Bill 66 and All That

I have been putting off writing about Bill 66, the proposed Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act.[1]

As OHA+M is a blog on heritage policy, it seemed impossible to ignore a major legislative foray by the new provincial government that could have major implications for Ontario’s cultural heritage protection regime and the resources it is designed to protect. The bill was introduced last December 6, the final day of the fall session.

The Farm as Cultural Heritage Landscape, part three

Marcolongo Farm, Guelph: View of the bank barn from across the grassy meadow 
Photo courtesy Mike Marcolong​o

So how do you (successfully) designate a farm?

The Farm as Cultural Heritage Landscape, part two

Farm scene near Bamberg, Ontario

Let’s continue our look at the protection of farms using heritage designation under Part IV of the OHA.

The Farm as Cultural Heritage Landscape, part one

An illustration of a farm property

Illustration from Perth County Historical Atlas, 1879

Rails and trails

Lights on the Sarnia Bridge reflected in the Thames River

The blog marks another milestone with this post. Welcome to OHA+M, edition 80!

Cultural heritage landscapes, part three: Henry drills down

I’m very happy to have a guest contributor to the CHLs discussion. Welcome Henry Cary!

Henry, a cultural heritage specialist and archaeologist with Golder Associates, takes a detailed look at the official guidance materials on cultural heritage landscapes in Ontario over the years and poses some hard questions about the application of current approaches to rural landscapes.


Cultural heritage landscapes, part two… or a matter of significance

The Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 says:

2.6.1  Significant built heritage resources and significant cultural heritage landscapes shall be conserved.

Last time we looked at the evolution of the definition of cultural heritage landscapes, now in its third iteration. We did not look at the meaning of “significant.”

Cultural heritage landscapes, part one

Main Street, Warkworth, Ontario

Earlier this year I was asked to name some of the key changes, actions or themes affecting heritage conservation in Ontario over the last generation or so.